Burmatov interceded for the Baikal seals

photo: Fotolia.com

photo: Fotolia.com

In the spring of 2019, the initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation to change the standards of harmful effects on the ecosystem of Lake Baikal was discussed.

It was planned to make changes to the order No. 63 existing since 2010 “On approval of standards for maximum permissible impacts on the unique ecological system of Lake Baikal and the list of harmful substances, including substances belonging to the categories of especially dangerous, highly dangerous, dangerous and moderately dangerous for a unique environmental system of Lake Baikal "and reduce the requirements for wastewater, which were supposed to merge into Baikal.

According to a number of scientists, the new requirements significantly increased the permissible mass of substances discharged with sewage into the lake and posed a danger to its ecology.

“The order passed the hearing and was preparing for adoption, but we wrote an official appeal addressed to Minister Dmitry Kobylkin with a request to return the order for revision and discuss it with the scientific community, because, in my opinion, the indicators are not finalized and greatly overestimated, which is unacceptable. To date, the order has not been signed, has not been registered, and has been returned for discussion with experts and with the scientific community, ”said Vladimir Burmatov.

The chairman of the ecology committee also touched upon the fate of the Baikal seal, the Baikal seal, which lives only on Lake Baikal and is no longer found anywhere in nature.

According to Burmatov, not so long ago an attempt was made to resolve the hunt for the Baikal seal, under the pretext that it bred too much.

“I think that the measure was unacceptable, since no one told us the exact number of individuals,” the deputy noted. – We had a conversation in the government, and when they tried to convince me that the hunt could be resolved, I asked to show the calculations.

It turned out that no one thought of a nerp, although in the winter period this was done elementary. Just someone decided that the hunt can be resolved, and came up with the idea that the seals divorced too much.

We managed to stop this situation, no one tries to revise it, but if they do, our position will remain the same: we cannot risk an endemic species. ”

Burmatov also believes that there is no need to mark the Baikal seals using satellite radio beacons, because their habitats are understandable, and counting the number of individuals is easy to conduct in the winter. In addition, tagging can harm animals.

In July 2019, the expedition, organized by the Lake Baikal Foundation, will start, during which the Baikal seal will be tagged using satellite radio beacons, which will allow you to monitor the migration of animals in the lake for several months.

July 10, 2019 at 09:59


The MOE gave the top 10 tips for the safe collection of mushrooms

photo: Fotolia.com

photo: Fotolia.com

Rule number 1. Mushrooms can not be collected in plastic bags: they quickly break down and deteriorate. A good willow basket that lets in air or a basket is ideal for gathering.

Rule number 2. Collecting mushrooms, you must be 200% sure that the mushroom that falls into the basket is edible. It is not necessary to collect unfamiliar varieties of mushrooms, as well as too young and, on the contrary, very old mushrooms. You should also avoid soft, watery and rotten mushrooms – such prey can be recovered.

Rule number 3. A good way to avoid poisonous mushrooms for inexperienced mushroom pickers is to pick mushrooms only mushrooms with legs under a hat: there are no deadly poisonous varieties among them.

Rule number 4. Rescuers strongly recommend taking a satin-determinant of mushrooms with them for a “quiet hunt” and carefully compare a growing mushroom with a picture. In case of the slightest doubt, it is better not to take a mushroom.

Rule number 5. EMERCOM employees dispelled several myths. First, the blackening silver teaspoon, placed in water with boiled mushrooms, or onions painted during cooking, does not indicate the poisonousness of the contents of the pan. As well as the bitter taste of mushrooms, it also does not always indicate its toxicity. Moreover, many dangerous mushrooms, such as the Amanita, have a sweet and pleasant taste.

Rule number 6. In no case should mushrooms be collected on roadsides with heavy traffic, near industrial enterprises, as well as growing in the moats or at the edge of the forest. “Mushrooms easily absorb heavy metals and other toxic substances,” the rescuers explain.

Rule number 7. Going to the forest for mushrooms should take care of protection from ticks or snakes. You must wear comfortable clothes, and also bring a jacket or raincoat.

Rule number 8. Mushrooms – heavy food. You should not give them to children under 12 years old and people who have problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

Rule number 9. EMERCOM employees remind that among the victims of mushroom poisoning there are also experienced mushroom pickers.

Rule number 10. Rescuers recalled the first symptoms of mushroom poisoning: if nausea, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, heart rhythm disorder, or severely dilated pupils appeared after the meal, you should immediately call a doctor. The first signs of mushroom poisoning can appear only after 12-14 hours.

Rescuers also separately remind that edible mushrooms can become poisonous under adverse environmental conditions.

“Growing up near industrial enterprises, chemical plants, highways, where toxic substances are released into the water and atmosphere, mushrooms absorb mercury, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals, and therefore become hazardous to health,” the rescuers memo says;

July 22, 2019 at 12:54


Volodin defends hunters to increase the duration of a weapon permit to 15 years

photo: Semina Mikhail

photo: Semina Mikhail

The validity of permits for the storage and carrying of long-barreled firearms and pneumatic weapons, used exclusively for hunting, can be increased threefold – from five to 15 years.

The corresponding bill was prepared pursuant to the instructions of the State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin and submitted to the Chamber on July 23.

In the interests of three million hunters

In May 2019, following a meeting with representatives of the hunting community in the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin instructed the head of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Vasily Piskarev to prepare a draft law extending the validity of permits to carry and store hunting weapons.

Under current law, you need to renew documents every five years. And for this, Russians need to provide the authorized body with a medical certificate and certificates of the absence of prohibited substances in the body.

As a result, re-registrations turn for hunters into endless waste of nerves, effort, and money: citizens, especially those living in remote areas or representing the indigenous peoples of the North, have to come to the regional center several times, paying for travel and accommodation, examination, inquiries, as well as state fees.

And sometimes it turns out that the total cost of the procedure is comparable to the price of the gun itself. Therefore, it was decided to extend the validity of permits.

“The draft law on extending the period of re-registration of hunting weapons from 5 to 15 years is aimed at supporting more than three million hunters registered in Russia,” said one of the authors of the document, Vasily Piskarev.

At the same time, the deputy noted that the adoption of the draft will not affect the control over the circulation of weapons.

“The control will continue in full and on a permanent basis, as before, since the proposed amendments do not affect the authority of the Russian Guard and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in this area,” he stressed. “The initiative was worked out jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Rosgvardia and was conceptually supported by them.”

Cut without smooth-bore

A little earlier, on June 20, the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption recommended to adopt in the first reading another bill concerning hunters.

A group of deputies, including Vasily Piskarev, offered to ease the conditions for the acquisition of civilian rifle weapons by hunters and sportsmen, to make repairs and maintenance more accessible, and to support domestic manufacturers of gunsmiths.

“In particular, hunters will be able to sell smooth-bore weapons, and this will not be an obstacle to owning a rifle with a rifled barrel,” said Vasily Piskarev.

According to the current standards, the presence of smooth-bore weapons in the arsenal of the hunter is a prerequisite for the purchase of rifled.

In addition, in the event of a law being adopted, it will be possible to repair and undergo service maintenance of weapons not only from manufacturers, but also in other workshops that have the appropriate license.

According to the authors of the bill, this will stimulate the development of small and medium-sized businesses in this area and, again, will help save a lot of money by the hunters themselves, who now do not have to go hundreds of kilometers to the manufacturer to repair the gun.

The minimum for the applicant

However, on the eve it became known that the Ministry of Natural Resources intends to toughen the procedure for obtaining a hunting ticket necessary for the possession of weapons.

The draft amendments have already been developed by the department and are being finalized taking into account the comments received from the federal executive bodies.

In particular, the draft law spells out the necessity of checking the knowledge of the requirements of the minimum of citizens who want to receive the specified document.

The fact that the issuance of licenses for firearms requires a more thoughtful approach is not for the first year the first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection Nikolay Valuev.

“Hunter certificates are issued free of charge today, while applicants do not need to pass the hunt minimums, exams on knowledge of the rules of hunting, which has caused a lot of people with weapons who don’t know how to handle them properly,” said Valuyev. He noted that such "pseudo-hunters" are a danger, especially for themselves.

The initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources is supported in the hunting community, but with caution.

“Examinations should be,” agrees Valery Kuzenkov, State Duma expert on hunting management. – However, the officials, it seems to me, do not calculate the next steps: who will take the examinations from the applicants and when, and most importantly, how much will it cost? On the one hand, we simplify the procedure for re-registration of weapons, and on the other, we complicate the possibility of using them for their intended purpose. ”

Gennady Melnik
                     July 26, 2019 at 13:42



Photo by the author.

Photo by the author.

Often it is necessary to observe how pheasants in Finland endure the winter, walking around the village and even along the footpath.

Sometimes they fly on the fences and arrange cock rolls.

Pheasant settles in places where there is abundant vegetation and water.

In case of danger, he flees, and only in extreme cases rises to the wing.

At the end of winter pheasants begin to pick up a place for their current.

But, unlike the black grouses, they do not gather in groups, but rather sing separately on their plots and protect their plot from other roosters.

Photo by the author.

Making sounds like an ordinary rooster, flapping their wings and waiting for the females. Some roosters gather around several females. The current lasts about three months.

Pheasant is one of the valuable hunting birds and, with proper protection and food supply, will be a good gastronomic product on the hunter's table.

Pheasant meat in its taste is reminiscent of chicken.

Alexander Nazarov
                     July 26, 2019 at 1:51 pm